While the divisional round is probably the most exciting weekend of the NFL playoff season, wild card weekend is a very close second. There is almost always at least one big surprise. Will this year be any different?
Cincinnati @ Houston (Saturday 3:30 central NBC)
This is a rematch of last year's wild card game between these teams that the Texans won. Houston is a 4 1/2 point favorite in this one even though they have limped into the postseason. I would love for the Texans to lose this game, but I have a feeling that they win by at least a touchdown.
Minnesota @ Green Bay (Saturday 7:00 NBC)
The temperature at kickoff is supposed to be around 15 degrees. That is cold. This game is a rematch of a game the Vikings won just last week to get into the playoffs, but playing a night playoff game at Lambeau is much different that a week 17 game in The Metrodome. The Packers are a 7 1/2 point favorite, and I expect them to cover easily.
Indianapolis @ Baltimore (Sunday 12:00 CBS)
The Colts have been living on magic all season long. It runs out this week. The Ravens are the better team and are playing at home. They are a touchdown favorite and they will cover.
Seattle @ Washington (Sunday 3:30 FOX)
This game has a chance to be the most exciting game of the weekend. You have the most dynamic rookie in RG3 going against the most dynamic defense in the last month. The Seahawks would be a heavy, heavy favorite if this game was in Seattle, but it isn't. I still expect the Seahawks to win and cover the 3, but don't count RG3 out.
So I just picked all 4 favorites. There is absolutely no shot that happens.